Saturday, February 21, 2015
In meetings this week with investment analysts and editorial staff of Hearst Connecticut Media, executives of Frontier Communications expressed overall satisfaction with the company's early tenure in Connecticut, after struggling for weeks with technical glitches and call center issues following its $2 billion acquisition in November of AT&T's operations here. Frontier reported a $14 million profit for the fourth quarter, or a penny a share, down from $40 million, or 4 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.
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We are used to see the epic, awe-inspiring, perfect photos from the golden age of NASA, during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Those are not the photos that you will find in Drewatts Bloomsbury's auction. These are all pretty shitty—poorly exposed, badly framed, out of focus, or just plain boring.
But while these photos would not be featured in a book like Full Moon, some may argue that many of them feel like art. In fact, for the Instagram, post-vanguardist generations, these images are art—like their blurry, oversaturated pictures of their feet and food.
The reality is that these images weren't intended to be this way. These were supposed to be picture perfect and scientifically valuable, informational, not artistic. But it's hard to take photos in space. Crap pictures were bound to happen. Some of them are just plain boring—"I meant to take a photo of my astronaut pal, but that's what I got: A crappy skewed photo of a rock and two legs." It is ok. Astronauts are humans, just like us. Even Ansel Adams took crappy pictures. We just saw the good ones.
We turn these photos into beautiful objects worth buying because we project ourselves into them, because of the subject matter. They resonate within many of us because they were taken in freaking space—and on the Moon! That makes them better and more interesting than any of the stupid photos I (and most humans) have ever taken.
Above: Geology at Spur Crater's Station 7, EVA 2, Apollo 15, August 1971
Bluish halo around Alan Bean exploring the Ocean of Storms, EVA 1, Apollo 12, November 1969
Close-up of David Scott covered with lunar dust, EVA 2, Apollo 15, August 1971
Charles Duke assembling a double core near the Lunar Rover, EVA 3, Apollo 16, April 1972
Lunar Ionosphere and Atmosphere detector, EVA 1, Apollo 12, November 1969
Charles Duke at the front of the Lunar Rover, EVA 3, Apollo 16, April 1972
John Young changing a film magazine in the Hasselblad camera, Apollo 16, EVA 2, April 1972
First deep space EVA on August 5, 1971, by Al Worden
The LM reflects a circular flare, EVA 1, Apollo 14, February 1971
Sun glare over Alan Bean carrying scientific equipments out from the LM, EVA 1, Apollo 12, November 1969
Alan Shepard on the lunar surface, EVA 1, Apollo 14, February 1971
Astronaut Alan Bean taking his first step on the lunar surface, EVA 1, Apollo 12, November 1969
Pete Conrad and the American flag on the Ocean of Storms, Apollo 12, November 1972
Ronald Evans' EVA, the last in deep space, Apollo 17, December 1972
The ascent stage of the Lunar Module returning from the Moon, Apollo 17, December 1972
Portrait of astronaut Eugene Cernan, explorer of another world, Apollo 17, December 1972
First US Spacewalk - Ed White's EVA over New Mexico, Gemini 4, 3 June 1965
Pete Conrad and two US spacecrafts on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 12, November 1969
In-flight portrait of astronaut Charles Conrad, Gemini 5, 21 August 1965
John Glenn inside the Friendship 7 capsule
The Earth illuminated by the Sun during the first orbit, Gemini 3, March 1965
Buzz Aldrin carrying experiment packages, Apollo 11, July 1969
First US Spacewalk - Ed White's EVA over South California, Gemini 4, 3 June 1965
Neil Armstrong practices a moonwalk, Apollo 11, June 1969
Alan Sheppard practicing
Safe landing of the Command Module and recovery of the astronauts in the Pacific Ocean, Apollo 13, April 1970
The LM "Challenger" seen from the Lunar Rover during the return to the landing site, EVA 3, Apollo 17, December 1972
Thomas Mattingly's spacewalk during the return from the Moon, Apollo 16, April 1972
Last photograph taken on the lunar surface, EVA 3, Apollo 15, August 1971
The Lunar Rover seen from every angle, EVA 3, Apollo 15, August 1971
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Apple, who has allegedly had hundreds of engineers working on a car, would like to begin production on their electric vehicle by 2020, reads a new Bloomberg report.
If accurate, Apple's car could be ready to compete with Tesla and GM, both of which are fighting to bring the first electric car that can go over 200 miles per charge and cost less than $40,000, a major price point for consumers.
While Tesla has the leg up in the technology of the electric car world, Apple could very quickly catch up with the $178 billion in cash it is sitting on. The company has been hiring battery, car and robotics experts, and there are an expected 200 engineers working on the project now.
In fact, Apple has been so aggressive in hiring, that has been accused of "poaching" employees from battery maker A123 Systems and others like LG Chem, Samsung, Panasonic and Johnson Controls. Experienced car makers take about 5 to 7 years to bring a new concept and vehicle to market, says industry experts, but Apple has no experience in the space and is still trying to keep the same time frame.
As with all other Apple products, we will not have any confirmation on whether Apple is actually making the product until the day it's released.
(The pic is a random concept art, but hey it looks cool)
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